BEL hosts essay contest for secondary and primary schools – Love FM
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) celebrates its annual Safety and Health Week with an essay contest for elementary and secondary schools. The company has dedicated a week in September for twenty years as part of its commitment to promote a safe and healthy work environment for its employees and the public. This year’s week will be celebrated under the theme âEmbracing the New Normal and the Future. Work together, focused and safe. Zane Fitzpatrick, the company’s security specialist, explained how the winners of the elementary school competition were chosen and how the pandemic has affected this year’s celebrations.
Zane Fitzpatrick, Security Specialist, BEL: âBefore the pandemic, which we used to do at the end of the week, we used to involve elementary school students by inviting them to an open house that was held at company headquarters. Since the start of the pandemic last year, we had to change a bit and we wanted to keep elementary school students engaged and so we created this competition where we invited students from the upper division, standards 4,5 and 6 , submit an essay based on our theme. This year’s theme is âEmbracing the New Normal and the Future, Working Together, Focused and Safeâ. We invited elementary school students to submit an essay with certain guidelines and they had to email that essay to the company. Once we receive the essays by the deadline, then we will need to proceed with the scoring and evaluation to determine who the winners are. We did it through an assessment board where we had to do it first – it’s through a screening process. So when we received the final test, we reviewed it to make sure the guidelines were being followed. We would then move on to the second part of the assessment where the committee, members of the security service and the various BEL services would then be divided into a sub-committee. So the subcommittee would then assess standard 4, we had another subcommittee to assess the submitted tests for standard 5 and the same for standard 6. When they were shortlisted, we then submitted the shortlisted name to the team. ‘whole committee where we would do the same process evaluation by means of the rubric system where we looked for certain criteria, the alignment of the essay on the theme, creativity, imagination to name a few. As mentioned, we have selected three winners unlike last year where there was only one. I say this to say that this year we have the first, second and third price for standard 4. First, second and third for 5 and so on. So let me quickly list what are the prizes where the first place winner received $ 1000, the second place winner received $ 750, the third $ 500, then the first place winner’s school for each year also received a cash prize of $ 3,000.
While the primary competition winners have been chosen, the secondary section is still open for entries. Senior Director of Corporate Communications at BEL, Sheena Garnett spoke about how high school writers can be part of the action too.
Sheena Garnett, Senior Corporate Communications Manager, BEL: âThis is our first high school competition that the company is undertaking. With the success of the Elementary School Safety Essay Contest, we decided to hold an essay contest aimed at high school students. However, a solution that would remain in line with our mission and our commitment to continually seek innovative solutions to modernize the energy services landscape in Belize. Our mission is to provide safe, reliable and sustainable energy solutions to improve the quality of life and productivity of businesses and support national development. It is therefore in the spirit that these high school students are brought to participate in the discussion to provide more information on consumers at their respective levels, hence the reason for the theme of the high school essay competition “My vision for the future of energy in Belize. âSo we hope to receive some creative concepts around this theme. We launched the high school essay contest on August 31. We sent out the appeals to all high school students nationwide in first, second, third and fourth alumni, encouraging entry into the competition and submitting essays on the theme. The competition is scheduled to end on Thursday, September 30, which is Thursday next week. “
The week, which begins Monday, September 27, will see the electricity supplier host virtual events aimed at educating children about the importance of safety.